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MIRAGE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.38 | 1802 ratings

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bb1319
5 stars 4.5 stars

Mirage was the first Camel album I ever heard, and I fell in love with "Lady Fantasy". It is truly one of my favorite progressive rock songs. However, some of the songs aren't as fantastic, although all of the songs on this album are great to some degree.

"Freefall" is one of the songs that I consider below par for prog. Some parts are great, but some are lacking. I also don't care for the vocals on this track. It is mainly lacking in energy. The guitar is pretty good, as Andy Latimer is always tasteful. 3/5 stars.

"Supertwister" is a little better than the opener. I really love the flute parts on this track. Even though it is only a few minutes long, I feel like that is a good length. Short, sweet, and to the point. A very nice, relaxing song, in general. 4/5 stars.

"Nimrodel" begins to pick up the pace. The ending to this song is my favorite part, with a very cool bass sound. Fantastic soloing via Peter Bardens and Andy, the always in good taste, Latimer. Said to have inspired The Snow Goose, I can definitely get into this track. 5/5 stars.

"Earthrise" has a nice feel to it, but it doesn't quite do it for me. Nice melodies, but yet not a whole lot of substance, especially when compared to what the band can really do in a song like "Lady Fantasy". Some nice parts, but nothing special, in my opinion.

"Lady Fantasy" is a fantastic song, and I would recommend this album just for this track. Andy really hit the nail on the head with this song. Beautifully structured and composed, this song flows like any other prog masterpiece. Peter Bardens' soloing and Andy Latimer's exotic, almost Gilmour- esque, guitar lines really accent this. Not to mention that the part starting at about 7 minutes is amazing. A hefty 5/5 stars.

When you look at the album as a whole, it really only amounts to about 4.5/5 stars, which seems appropriate. A fantastic album that gets a high recommentdation, but not quite a masterpiece.

bb1319 | 5/5 |

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